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Saint George’s Day

By Stuart Frost St George’s day falls this week on Thursday 23 April. I have written about St George previously, in April 2007 in fact, so I’ll try not to repeat myself too much here. I noted then that although there are a large number of images of St George in the V&A’s collections most […]

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Palm Sunday Processions

By Stuart Frost The Easter weekend is almost upon us which means that Palm Sunday has already passed. Palm Sunday is an important date in the Christian calendar as it marks the beginning of the events which led up to the Crucifixion of Jesus and his Resurrection. The Gospel accounts tells us that Jesus entered Jerusalem […]

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Behind the Scenes

By Stuart Frost Regular visitors to South Kensington will have become used to the brightly coloured hoarding that currently runs along a major part of the V&A’s Cromwell Road facade. The hoarding is decorated with striking large colour images of objects from the medieval and Renaissance collections. Behind the hoarding nine different space are being transformed into the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and […]

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A Romanesque Candlestick – Conservation & Research

 By Stuart Frost & Catia Viegas Wesolowska One of the most extraordinary surviving pieces of Romanesque metalwork is without doubt the Gloucester Candlestick. There will be an opportunity to admire this remarkable piece in the forthcoming Medieval & Renaissance galleries at the V&A when they open in November 2009. The detail to the right highlights the candlestick’s […]

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Harold Godwinson, Hastings and Hollywood

By Stuart Frost Long term readers of this blog will know that the Bayeux Tapestry is a subject that is close to my heart. Conservation work was recently completed on a section of one of two nineteenth-century photographic copies of the Bayeux Tapestry at the V&A. One of the V&A’s photographs exists as a complete […]

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Treasures from the V&A 400-1600 in Sheffield

By Stuart Frost Regular readers will know that I’ve used this blog to provide occasional updates about a touring exhibition of highlights from the V&A’s medieval and Renaissance collections. The exhibition has been to five museums in north America and has now opened in its sixth and final venue before the objects return to South Kensington […]

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Byzantine Intrigue

By Stuart Frost What does the word Byzantine mean to you? If the answer is not very much I suspect that you’re not alone. The word was one of the period terms we tested with focus groups. These took place in the autumn of 2002 when we conducted research to feed into the planning for the Medieval […]

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Boars, Bears and Boxing Day Hunts

By Stuart Frost Hunting animals with dogs became a criminal offence in the United Kingdom in February 2005. A recent article in the Times highlighted that the ban remains extremely contentious. Boxing Day has long been a key date in the hunting calendar and apparently the numbers attending hunts on the 26th December has increased over the […]

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Scenes from the Apocalypse

By Stuart Frost Since February 2008 one of the most enigmatic objects in the V&A’s collections, and one of the earliest acquisitions, has been the focus of a remarkable programme of conservation work. The object, a larger central panel with two hinged wings, is an altarpiece. The panels were made and painted in northern Germany around 1400. The photograph to the […]

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Christmas is Coming

By Stuart Frost I have been posting a new blog entry here every two weeks since October 2006. The gap between this posting and the last one is the longest that there has ever been, a sign of how hectic things have been over the last couple of weeks. Time seems to be running away rapidly. December […]

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